2012 Herb Feith Lecture: ‘Indonesian language in Australian universities: Strategies for a stronger future ’. 1 August


David T Hill is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Fellow of the Asia Research Centre, at Murdoch University, Western Australia. In addition, he is the Founder and Director of the Australian Consortium for In Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), an international consortium of 25 universities, hosted by Murdoch University, which assists Australian and other foreign students to study in Indonesian universities. 

Accredited as a Professional English/Indonesian Interpreter and Translator by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), Canberra, he has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (2006), a participant in the Australia 2020 Summit (April 2008), a  National Teaching Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (since 2009), and a Board Member of the DFAT Australia-Indonesia Institute (since 2011).

Professor Hill is author of the seminal report Indonesian language in Australian universities: strategies for a stronger future, Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship, Final Report, Murdoch University, Perth, April 2012. His lecture was based on the research for this highly important  report and its major findings. You can download and read the report here.


Following Professor Hill’s lecture, Professor Rae Frances (Dean, Arts Faculty, Monash University) and Professor Mark Considine (Dean, Arts Faculty, University of Melbourne) spoke about the future of Indonesian language at their universities.

See media coverage of the event in The Australian on 2 August 2012, 8 August 2012, and on Radio National, 3 August 2012 (Word).